PAXTON — A Gibson City woman pleaded guilty to burglary Monday for breaking into a restaurant where she used to work.
Autumn E. Taylor, 34, of Gibson City, pleaded guilty to the Class 2 felony as part of a plea deal negotiated between her court-appointed attorney, David Rumley, and Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton. In return, a felony charge of theft of $500 to $10,000 will be dismissed.
There were no sentencing restrictions agreed to as part of the plea deal, but Fitton did agree that before Taylor is sentenced by Judge Steve Pacey, he would allow her to be evaluated for eligibility for drug court. If accepted into the substance-abuse treatment program, Taylor could be placed on probation instead of serving three to seven years in prison, Fitton said.
Pacey will sentence Taylor at 9 a.m. Dec. 17.
Taylor was charged Sept. 10 in connection with the August break-in at the Country Kettle in Gibson City. Taylor, a former employee of the restaurant, broke into the restaurant and stole cash and dumped alcohol on the floor.
Taylor remains at the Ford County Jail on a $5,000 bond.